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Unlucky Irish girls face Korea in Hawke's Bay play-offs

Ireland's women produced another good display at the Hawke's Bay Cup tournament in New Zealand only to go down 3-0 to Commonwealth champions Australia.

Graham Shaw's side will now face Korea tomorrow in the first of two matches to determine places 5-8.

The national coach said: "We were a little disappointed to be 1-0 down at half-time. We had a few good scoring opportunities and we needed to take them."

Georgie Parker opened the scoring in the 11th minute. and although keeper Ayeisha McFerran went on to produce a string of fine saves, she was beaten by Ashleigh Nelson and again by Parker.

The Irish men completed their three training games against World No 4 Great Britain, crashing 5-1 after being level at half-time through Shane O'Donoghue.

Meanwhile Harlequins beat Newry 4-1 to finish third in the Ulster Premier League, and with North Down drawing 1-1 with Mossley, it means Newry face a relegation/promotion play-off.

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